'She's the hero of London': Muslim woman praised for stepping in to stop horrific antisemitic abuse

Louis Staples
Sunday 24 November 2019 09:15
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A man has been arrested after antisemitic abuse was directed towards a Jewish family on the London Underground.

The suspect, whose name and age has not been released by police, was held in Birmingham on Saturday night on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence and he remains in custody.

His arrest came after a man was filmed reading anti-Jewish Bible passages to two young boys in skullcaps while they were travelling with their family on the Northern Line.

Wearing a cap and hoody, the man is seen in the video threatening a man off-camera after he tries to intervene before a woman in a hijab – Asma Shuweikh – confronts him.

The mother-of-two, from London, told the PA news agency she “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again”.

I would have loved more people to come up and say something, because if everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did.

Twitter users hailed Shuweikh a “hero”.

Reported by the Press Association, Shuweikh said she got off the Underground after two stops and did not realise the video was going viral until a friend texted her to say she had seen her on Twitter.

She said:

It was so heartwarming to see the responses and see what people were saying. I can’t take all the credit because a lot of other people were involved.

I would not hesitate to do it again.

H/T: Independent / Press Association

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